With the rapid development in technology, the whole human work is easier than ever and the risk of a sedentary life is to open your eye!. It is necessary that we all do our part for our overall health, fitness, and quality of life.
The Risk of A Sedentary life is Killing us
But, do you know that sedentary life is responsible for thousands of deaths every year and that is considered one of the silent killers in our modern society. However, ironically, spending more time outdoors and exploring new views allows you to become healthier and happier. That’s what we all want, no?
Now, because I know you probably like facts, let me give you some insights.
According to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control ), the lack of activity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Sitting all the time doubles the risk of severe illness. But the list is long. Approximately 2 million people died per year attributed to a sedentary lifestyle. Please check what the World Health Organization (WHO) say about it.
It is time to set better habits. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” —Tommy Lasorda. Start taking ACTION now. This will impact your life positive and I know you can do it
Now let’s discuss how can you do it.
HOW CAN YOU STOP OR PREVENT A SEDENTARY LIFE
You might say:” I work from 9 to 5 and I hardly have time for myself, I’m always busy doing one thing or the other.”
Worry less, below are ways you can overcome sedentary living.
Ø Daily Cardio Workout
A home workout including aerobics, cycling, or walking is a great weapon against a sedentary life. On average, an adult should engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity. This activity can be split up into 30 minutes daily.
You might want to engage in any form of cardio exercise. Give me that_ “Yeah that’s Right!! Give your heart the exercise it needs – in that case, cycling or walking or jogging, is one of the most invigorating and fun activities anyone can do.
Ø Consider Riding a Bike
Riding a bike even around your neighborhood is fun, plain, and simple. It will boost your energy and your health goals. Think about it, you can even do it with your kids and family
Riding your bike is tailored to suit your aerobics goal by increasing your metabolism as well as building muscle. Activities like biking 5 miles a day instead of driving or taking a taxi, can be done now. The benefits are vast.
Ø Rebounding or Jumping on a Fitness Trampoline is Also Fun
Having a mini-trampoline at home is worth it. As riding your bike, rebounding is an activity that I personally do all the time. I like it because it is joint-friendly and pretty easy for beginners. You could start jumping up and down, running or jogging in place. Moreover, it allows you to use it indoors or outdoor.
Ø Resistance Bands are Convenient for Strength Training
If you decide to engage in strength training as your workout routine, I would advise you to start with weight or resistance bands. Resistance bands are more portable and safer to use.
That point alone eliminates any form of excuse you might want to give yourself for not working out.
Ø Increase Flexibility By Adding Stretching Exercises
Stretching does not necessarily have to be done before major exercises only you can do it as your major exercise. Doing so will increase the blood flow to some areas in your body that your sitting posture would not allow. Moreover, stretching doesn’t demand a lot of effort and can be done in many forms such as yoga and Tai Chi.
If you are new to working out, You don’t necessarily need a gym membership you can easily start by simply walking or biking. You might want to take it easy and slowly at first. Going too fast might seem overbearing which might make you stop working out.
Now is your turn, how do you consider your lifestyle? is it quite sedentary? what activities do you do to get yourself active?